Backup of Wordpress Sites

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Hi Everyone!

I have a great question that I want the answer for today and I would love it or rather like it if you took 2 minutes to answer me!


Right now I use a plugin called WP backup by Austin Mazko to backup my sites. It sends a weekly backup file to my email. Is this enough in case of a total crash or is there something else I should do?

as a matter of fact I dont even know what the weekly backup mail I get includes in the file?
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  • Profile picture of the author Newman8r
    I'm not familiar with that plugin specifically, but you'll want to make sure that it's backing up your database at the least (I'm assuming it must).

    I backup my own databases directly - and in the event of a total crash that's enough to recover everything (although there is some work involved in recovering it).
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  • Profile picture of the author Undercovercash
    Yes you are right, it is a database backup.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    All your content (posts, Pages, comments) and settings are stored in the database.

    Your custom themes, plugins and uploaded files (images, video etc.) are in the wp-content folder.

    Backing up the database and the wp-content folder should be sufficient.

    My manual backups also have a copy of the wp-config.php and .htaccess file.

    Everything else (i.e. the WP core files) can be replaced from the wordpress.org site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
      I've never properly understood the difference between "backing up" files, and saving all my work to a hard drive extension. So if my computer crashes everything's on the extension... surely?

      Someone's going to tell me I'm being hugely naive now...

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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by Ian Jackson View Post

        I've never properly understood the difference between "backing up" files, and saving all my work to a hard drive extension. So if my computer crashes everything's on the extension... surely?

        Someone's going to tell me I'm being hugely naive now...

        Usually, when we refer to 'backing up' your live site, it means to have a copy of it on your computer in case the server gets hacked; your site gets hijacked by a hacker etc.

        Whether you keep another copy of your HD on an external HD - that's entirely up to you, although, I have to agree, it's a wide thing to do.

        In the case of a WP site everybody should have saved their:
        - database
        - custom themes and plugins
        - uploaded media

        as a "backup of the site"... just in case, if anything bad happens on the server. And yes, as a precaution, you could (should?) have a copy of the copy
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  • Profile picture of the author kret0s
    Is it better to "copy and paste" all the files via FTP client as a backup?

    I use a WP Plugin for my backups but never really educated myself on how to restore, if a problem arises...
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  • Profile picture of the author Arunabh Singh
    I use a software called WP Twin to back my blogs. With WP Twin it only takes me 2-3 minutes to backup the blog without having the trouble of backing up site files and database separately.

    I highly recommend it if you run large number of sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author MacS09
      There is a paid plugin, Backup Buddy, that saves a complete clone of your WP site to your harddrive. I stopped using it as it got too expensive for my liking.

      I use a free WP Database Backup plugin that backs up pretty much everything.

      If you want to make sure that you really have everything including all customisation, graphics and whatever, you can do a manual backup via your cpanel. From the root directory of your site, you can save a full zip file of the site to your hard disk. Once you have this and your regular, automated database backup, you should be safe.

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  • Profile picture of the author AngelInvestor
    Good suggestions here, but I would try a different angle. How difficult it is for you to restore the website with your current setup? Did you try it?
    Next, how much control do you have? Say your theme got hacked and you only need to restore a few files? Your method of choice should allow such granularity.
    And last - how many sites do you have to babysit? One of my associates runs close to 600 self-hosted sites with only 2 executives - managing individual plugins and DIY backup over FTP (with the potential security risks involved) simply does not cut it.
    In short, no simple answer - good you at least have the backup, now start assessing what is at risk and how you can mitigate that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by AngelInvestor View Post

      Good suggestions here, but I would try a different angle. How difficult it is for you to restore the website with your current setup? Did you try it?
      Next, how much control do you have? Say your theme got hacked and you only need to restore a few files? Your method of choice should allow such granularity.
      And last - how many sites do you have to babysit? One of my associates runs close to 600 self-hosted sites with only 2 executives - managing individual plugins and DIY backup over FTP (with the potential security risks involved) simply does not cut it.
      In short, no simple answer - good you at least have the backup, now start assessing what is at risk and how you can mitigate that.
      And you are addressing your post to...?
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLeisure
    I'd recommend Backup Buddy. You can schedule full backups on a recurring basis. It will even set the backup files to a remote location like your s3 or Dropbox. It downloads full backups too, not just your db. Restoring a site is very very easy to do to, I've tested it
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  • Profile picture of the author kbrady
    I use backup buddy (paid plugin). As mentioned you need both the SQL database and the contents of your wp-content directory in order to have a full backup. Most backup plugins only backup the SQL database which is fine if that is all you lost. But all the images, plugins, themes, css files, etc are in the wp-content directory so you want to make sure your backup solution includes those as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author rexmagus
    Check out these plugins:

    XCloner - Backup and Restore
    XCloner is a full backup and restore plugin for Wordpress, it will backup and restore both files and database.

    Rated: 4.3
    Number of Ratings: 70
    Downloaded: 77,266 times
    Last Updated: 23 Sep 2011



    BackWPup
    A pretty full featured backup system for WordPress. Lots of features.

    Rated: 4.41
    Number of Ratings: 171
    Downloaded: 158,875 times
    Last Updated: 16 Dec 2011
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  • Profile picture of the author Ehsan_am
    Try Wordpress Duplicator.

    It's a free plugin. It clones your wordpress site completly. You can basically restore everything including your personal settings and pictures ,etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sharyn Sheldon
    I use the BackWPup plugin, which is free but has the ability to schedule different types of backup jobs and have them sent to more than one location. I use amazon s3 since a full backup is too big for email, but there is also dropbox and a few other options.

    Even if your backups are scheduled to automatically run, you should check periodically to make sure there haven't been any errors. Mine seems to have had a problem moving from 2011 to 2012! I ran it again and now it seems fine. Go figure.
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  • Profile picture of the author yohoho
    So are these backup plugins also cloning plugins. I want to be able to setup one WP site with all of my plugins and other basic stuff and then install the site and then clone it so I can install multiple copies and fill out the rest of the stuff afterwards.

    Is there any problem doing this with free plugins? Would they have to have some special licence or would it likely be different for each plugin?

    I guess that I would need a multisite licence for any pay plugins to do this using them, or a developer licence if I wanted to sell any of the sites?

    If I have a single site plugin licence, do most allow you to upgrade them or would I have to buy a full new multisite or developer licence?

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author canada94
    thanks, great tip, i just got backwpup.


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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    I have been using this site for a long time. It backs up everything not just wordpress and has many restore options.

    myRepono - Website and mySQL database backup service
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Chandler
      I use the "WordPress Backup to Dropbox" plugin. Backs up the database and all the WP files to your Dropbox account. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
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    • Profile picture of the author Lee M
      Originally Posted by Steven Miranda View Post

      I have been using this site for a long time. It backs up everything not just wordpress and has many restore options.

      myRepono - Website and mySQL database backup service
      I HIGHLY recommend this company too! Very easy!! Beats ANY WP-Plugin on the market by far!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Teez
    Been searching online for this solution today and came across these useful gems

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...your-site.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/website-...ss-hacked.html (Kezz instructions post #10)

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    Hope these help
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  • Profile picture of the author Teez
    Been searching online for this solution today and came across these useful gems

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...your-site.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/website-...ss-hacked.html (Kezz instructions post #10)

    Hardening WordPress « WordPress Codex

    Hope these help
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